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11 JUNE, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1.  ‘The Government’s decision to ban the Hindi TV channel ‘NDTV India’ for a day for breaching national security laws in the country has brought forth the issue of balance between freedom of speech and expression and restrictions for national security.’ Discuss. What measures, do you suggest, which may resolve this issue? (200 words)


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  • Osho Korde

    • The law that governs cable broadcasts is the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act of 1995. Section 5 of this Act prohibits any cable TV transmission that is not “in conformity with the prescribed programme code”.
    • The Programme Code contains a bouquet of blissfully vague, boundlessly manipulable, and entirely subjective terms.

    • Holding that any attempt to justify the conduct of the TV channels by citing the right to freedom of speech and expression would be “totally wrong and unacceptable in such a situation,”

    • The Supreme Court Bench said: “Freedom of expression, like all other freedoms under Article 19, is subject to reasonable restrictions. An action tending to violate another person’s right to life guaranteed under Article 21 or putting the national security in jeopardy can never be justified by taking the plea of freedom of speech and expression.”

    • As there are no rigid laws which gives government true power to control media, Media should act as citizens before acting as journalist.

    1. They should be self-aware
    2. Farsighted
    3. And should serve for countries welfare(their motive should be, to keep check on govt. activities and not intervene in it, keeping in mind the negligence of TRP is necessary for the good of the society).
    4. National good before the interest of the news channels.

    News channels should have an ability to predict the future of the news and should know the effects it will cause on the peoples mind.